CBS NEWS POLLTuesday, March 18, 2008For immediate releaseBARACK OBAMA AND REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT
March 16-17, 2008Most voters have heard at least something about the controversialstatements made by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who has been SenatorBarack Obama's pastor. However, while about a third say it has madethem feel more negative about Obama, two in three say the statementshave had no impact on their views of Obama.
HEARD ABOUT REV. WRIGHT'S COMMENTS?
(Among registered voters)A lot 25%Some 33Not much/none 42Interviewing for these questions was completed Sunday and Monday,before Barack Obama's speech on the subject today.65% of those who have heard about the statements say their view ofObama is unchanged. Democrats are especially apt to say their viewsare unchanged. However, of those whose opinion is changed, the netimpact is very negative. Six in ten Independent voters say they areunaffected, too. Republicans are the most likely to say their view hasbeen affected: 47% say they've become less favorable.
HAVE WRIGHT'S STATEMENTS CHANGED YOUR VIEW OF OBAMA?
(Among voters who have heard about statements)All Dems Reps IndepsMade more favorable 2% 2% 0% 2%Made less favorable 30 15 47 36No difference 65 76 53 61Overall, unfavorable views of Obama are up somewhat from February. Hisfavorable ratings remain largely unchanged, but there has been somemovement from undecided views to unfavorable views. Among Democraticprimary voters, unfavorable views have doubled, but favorable viewsremain dominant: more than six in ten Democratic primary voters arepositive.
VIEWS OF BARACK OBAMA
All voters Democratic primary votersNow 2/07 Now 2/07Favorable 44% 45% 63% 69%Unfavorable 30 23 17 8Undecided/Haven't heard 26 32 19 22